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Pre-employment drug screenings are lawful in the state of California. If a pre-employment drug screening reveals prescription drug use which potentially compromises the applciant's ability to safely and effectively
perform their job, the employer may conduct aditional inquiries into the employee's use of that medication.
If you are being hired for a position that does not require driving (as seems to be the case) and you can get a doctor to certify that your use of medication does not otherwise compromise you to perform the job advertised, then your prospective employer CANNOT reject your application on the basis of your use of prescription medecine.
Accordingly, the best course of action for an individual in your circumstance would be to confirm with your prospective employer that the position does not involve driving as an essential job function
and immediately obtain certification from your doctor that use of your medications will not impair your ability to safely and effectively peform the job for which you are applying.
Beyond obtaining such certification from your doctor, your prospective employer is not entitled to make further inquiries into your medical history or medical conditions. If they refuse to hire you and you have the certification from your doctor, you may have a claim for disability discrimination under the Fair Employment & Housing Act.
Such claim can be pursued by filing a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment & Housing here: http://esq5.houdiniesq.com/dfeh2/esq/reg/
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